50-bed temporary winter shelter to open in Dartmouth

Provincial Release:

The temporary winter shelter in Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) will open in mid-November at 197-199 Windmill Rd. in Dartmouth.

“As the weather starts to get colder, I am pleased to say we have secured a location for the winter shelter,” said Trevor Boudreau, Minister of Community Services. “We know we need a variety of solutions to support people experiencing homelessness, and this shelter is one option that will help people now.”

Starting with 50 beds for people of all genders – including youth aged 16 and older, if needed – the shelter can add more beds based on community need and extreme weather events and can accommodate people with pets. The shelter will operate nightly until spring, with the option to extend.

Upwards Mobility Kitchens East will provide an evening meal, and a continental breakfast will be available before the shelter closes each morning.

The Province is funding the building rental, operating costs and wraparound services. Staff and support services will be provided by 902 Man Up, including connecting clients to community-based services and programming. These services could include access to housing support, harm-reduction supports and help creating individualized plans for clients.

The HRM will be providing in-kind property maintenance support for the shelter site, including required inspections and any work required to bring the site to compliance. The municipality will also be providing regular garbage pickup and snow clearing.

The Province is also investing in emergency shelters in Amherst and Bridgewater, enhanced diversion funding through 11 organizations provincewide, and 200 pallet shelters to be assembled across Nova Scotia, including 100 in HRM.

We are pleased that 902 Man Up can continue to support people experiencing homelessness in HRM through this new emergency shelter. This is part of our mission as a grassroots organization that supports diverse vulnerable communities, and making sure that people have access to the services and supports they need for success.Marcus James, co-Executive Director and co-founder, 902 Man Up

This is a much-needed addition to the shelter supply as we work with government and community partners to address a deep housing crisis. I look forward to more people leaving precarious circumstances for the simple comfort of a fixed roof.Mike Savage, Mayor, Halifax Regional Municipality

Quick Facts:

  • 902 Man Up is a non-profit volunteer organization that provides supports to people experiencing homelessness, ensuring they have access to the services they need
  • 902 Man Up also operates the shelter on North Park Street in Halifax

Additional Resources:

This shelter was part of a previous announcement for winter supports: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20231011002

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